Injury scare in Bangladesh warm-up

11 August 2017

Rubel Hossain took three intra-squad wickets but also suffered an injury scare // Getty

Key bowler Rubel Hossain goes down but recovers during second day of Bangladesh's intra-squad practice match in Chittagong

Bangladesh fast bowler Rubel Hossain sent an injury scare through the camp when he slipped and fell in his delivery stride on the second day of the squad's practice match in Chittagong.

An extended squad of Bangladesh's Test hopefuls are preparing in the coastal city for Australia's two-Test visit later this month, with Rubel impressing on a slow and low track.

It was reported in Bangladesh media that Rubel had struggled to get to his feet after slipping in his delivery stride and collapsed to the ground at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. He later recovered and was able to continue bowling.

He had already taken three wickets for the 'Green' team in the intra-squad match, finishing with 3-54.

The pick of the batters was long-form specialist Mominul Haque who hit 73 in a 135-ball stay at the crease.

Mominal Haque in Test action against New Zealand // Getty
Mominal Haque in Test action against New Zealand // Getty

Nasir Hossain, who has not played a Test since 2015, also hit a half century but played down his chances of a recall to face the Australians.

"I am just enjoying the red-ball game as after a long break we are playing longer-version cricket. It's not as if I wanted to make my comeback by playing the practice match," Nasir said.

"It's just a practice match, so I tried to capitalise on the opportunity as much as possible.

"We have been practising hard for quite some time for the coming series against Australia but match practice is always good.

"Competition is always good and it's good for everybody. As there are a number of players in the pipeline it just shows that our cricket is going up.

"You need to be mentally strong to make a comeback. and I have that mentality."

Left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib, who made his international debut in last year's World T20 group state match against Australia, also collected three wickets, finishing with 3-64.

Highly-rated seamer Mustafizur Rahman continued his improvement by striking with the new ball to remove Test opener Imrul Kayes for his second low score of the match in the 'Red' team's second innings.

Australia in Bangladesh 2017

Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.

Bangladesh squad (preliminary): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mahmudullah Riyad, Liton Kumar Das, Mominul Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Subhashish Roy, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Sanjamul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mohammad Saifuddin, Anamul Haque, Abul Hasan Raju, Al Amin Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Muktar Ali, Tanbir Haider, Saqlain Sajib, Shafiul Islam.


11-17 August Australia pre-tour training camp, Darwin


18 August Australia arrive


22-23 August Tour match, TBC


27-31 August First Test, Dhaka


4-8 September Second Test, Chittagong




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Dave Middleton is cricket.com.au's senior news editor. From Queensland, he spent 10 years in the UK where he wrote for The Times, The Sunday Times, the Guardian and The Telegraph.